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I use emacs 25, in nw mode, with "alias emacs='emacsclient -nw'" When I add something to my personal.el, I do

brew services restart emacs

My issue is, if I make a big blunder inside my personal.el file, brew restart emacs daemon and start emacs client, there's no indication that something has gone very wrong.

How do other folks do this?

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I'd suggest that if you're starting an emacs daemon as a service, you should be logging any errors as well, and ideally having that reported on in a way you'll notice.

You could also try setting a variable at the very end of your init file to indicate "yep, we got this far", and then writing some elisp to check on that.

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